New York: Death in the City

Of the dozens of daily deaths in a city, few are noted much beyond the circle of family and friends. But last week in the New York City area:

> Melvin Walker, 43, an unemployed Manhattan maintenance man, started to follow his wife into a subway car during the afternoon rush hour. The doors slammed shut—gripping his right arm between them like a vise. The train began to move. Inside the car, Walker's wife screamed. Walker tugged desperately to free himself. As the train picked up speed, he walked, trotted, then sprinted to keep...

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